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Monday, May 1, 2017

Intern Spotlight: Shannon Hebert Waldman

By Matt Gorga The Museum’s internship program provides engaging educational opportunities to students and individuals from across the country, but today the Museum family is celebrating one of Asheville’s own, Shannon Hebert Waldman. Shannon has recently been accepted into multiple graduate programs and has chosen to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, April 24, 2017

Work of the Week– “Ingres Safari Lady and the Pedestaled Wolf Hound – Crufts” by S. Tucker Cooke

By Matt Gorga Admittedly, I am a dog lover. I was drawn to this piece by how beautifully and realistically the “wolf hound” is depicted with its wispy hair and the oh-so-common “dog smile,” as I have come to call it. Looking into the piece further, I was intrigued by how the depiction of the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 27, 2017

Work of the Week– “Trout Vase” by Ken Carder

By Matt Gorga It’s late March in Western North Carolina. For me, that means its time to dust off that fly rod, put on those waders and take advantage of the many rivers and streams that this area has to offer. Browsing the Museum’s Permanent Collection, I came upon this vase by Ken Carder. I … Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 13, 2017

Work of the Week– “Pulsation” by Roy Ahlgren

By Matt Gorga There is just something so aesthetically pleasing about this serigraph (i.e., screen print) by Roy Ahlgren. The perfectly spaced shades of color as they go from bright to dark, along with  rounded electrocardiogram-like image. I feel like if there was an EKG machine in Alice in Wonderland or Willy Wonka and the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 6, 2017

Work of the Week — “St. Augustine Beach” by Henry Curtis Ahl

By Matt Gorga It’s March. For students like myself, this means one thing: spring break. Warmer weather is on the horizon (not that we have had much of a winter this year…). This painting by Henry Curtis Ahl made me all the more eager to pack up the Subaru and my dogs (yes… so stereotypically… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 27, 2017

Work of the Week — “The Second Angel and the Burning Mountain” by McKendree Robbins Long

By Matt Gorga I leaned back in my porch chair on an unusually warm, yet beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, swaying to the gentle beat of “Fire on the Mountain” by The Grateful Dead off of their album Shakedown Street. I happened to be browsing the Museum’s Permanent Collection when I came upon this piece by… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 20, 2017

Work of the Week — “Chieftan’s Crest II” by Dorothy Gillespie

by Matt Gorga Dorothy Gillespie’s Chieftan’s Crest II is hard to miss. The vibrantly colored twists of metal resemble something you may see flowing blissfully with the current in an exotic coral reef. Her choice t0 use a medium like metal to create something that appears so colorful, light and delicate is a true testament… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 13, 2017

Work of the Week — “Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC” by J. Weiland

by Matt Gorga J. Weiland’s Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC takes me back to every dingy, grease-coated garage I have ever sought out, often in search of the metaphorical “Joe” who can fix just about anything at half the standard price. The greasy tools illuminated by the fluorescent tube lamps appear cluttered and dirty, yet organized.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 6, 2017

Work of the Week – “Caja #1” by Ralph Nelson

by Matt Gorga One glance at Ralph Nelson’s Caja #1 takes you beyond the confines of reality into an expressive and philosophically charged dream-state, pushing the boundaries of artistic limits in a way that inspires thought and reflection. Perhaps the painting’s box-shaped figures inspired the title, which translates from Spanish to “box.” Given Nelson’s surrealist… Click to read the rest of the blog post